“The quickest way to end a miracle is to ask it why it is… or what it wants. ” – Frank Riley
Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Theater in 1987, cable, 15 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – While trying to avoid having their building demolished by a rich conglomerate, a group of 5 tenants get help from strange alien flying mechanical robots.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this movie in the theater when it came out and it is a heartwarming movie, but it seems to be more appropriate as a television show than as a theatrical movie.
What’s ironic about that thought is that I just read that this movie’s plot was originally going to be an episode of Steven Spielberg’s TV show Amazing Stories, but since he liked the idea so much, he decided to make it a full length movie.
The feeling of this movie is definitely more geared towards that show than a stand alone movie.
The special effects here are pretty good for a low budget Spielberg produced movie of the mid-80’s, but this is at most a mediocre film.
Bottom Line – Mediocre Spielberg produced movie at best. Would have been better off staying an episode of the TV show Amazing Stories as was originally planned.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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I haven’t seen this one. Indeed, I haven’t heard of it.
Your luke-warm review doesn’t make me want to see it now.
very luke-warm because it didn’t elicit much emotion from me even though I recalled liking it at some point
It isn’t a “great” film but every time I watch it, if feels like a great big warm hug. Love Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in the film.
Thanks for commenting Dan,
I also liked Cronyn and Tandy here, but something is missing here to make it a much better movie and not seem like a TV show from the 80’s.
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